Phoenix Group

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Phoenix Group Holdings plc
Traded as LSEPHNX
Industry Insurance
Founded 1857
Headquarters London, UK
Key people
Sir Howard Davies, Chairman [1]
Clive Bannister, CEO
Revenue £4,247 million (2013)[2]
£420 million (2013)[2]
£207 million (2013)[2]

The Phoenix Group (formerly Pearl Group, LSEPHNX) is one of the largest providers of insurance services in the United Kingdom. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and was formerly traded on Euronext Amsterdam.


The Company was founded in 1857 as The Pearl Loan Company and operated from the Royal Oak Public House opposite the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[3] It changed its name to The Pearl Assurance Company in 1914.[3] In 1990 it was acquired by the Australian insurance group, AMP, and then in 2003 Pearl, NPI and London Life were demerged from AMP to become part of Henderson Group.[4]

In 2005 the business was bought from Henderson Group by Sun Capital Partners (a business in which Hugh Osmond is a leading partner)[5] and TDR Capital.[4] Then, in 2008, Pearl acquired Resolution plc (including its Phoenix Assurance business).[6]

In June 2009, the business was acquired by the Liberty Acquisition Holdings (International) Company (a vehicle controlled by billionaire Nicolas Berggruen) which subsequently changed its name to Pearl Group.[7]

On 15 March 2010, Pearl Group changed its name to Phoenix Group Holdings.[8]


The Phoenix group is split into two sections Life assurance and Asset management.[9]

Life assurance[edit]

Phoenix Life comprises four regulated life companies:

  • Phoenix Life Limited; Phoenix Life Assurance Ltd. (prior to 28 September 2012, known as Pearl Assurance Limited)
    • Phoenix Ireland - Phoenix Life Limited (Irish branch)
  • NPI - National Provident Life Limited
  • Scottish Mutual International Limited (Republic of Ireland)

Asset management[edit]


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